GUM clinics are provided by all 5 of the HSC Trusts in NI. Contact details for these can be found in this link
Regional pilot project with SH24 to provide home testing kits to anyone who does not have symptoms but would still like to have a sexual health check. This service is open to everyone across Northern Ireland. Test kits can be ordered directly and posted to your home here
Common Youth offer free confidential sexual health advice for under 25’s. Clinics are for 19 and under, STI screenings are for 24 and under
Link to the Belfast HSC Trust Sexual Health and HIV Service
CASH (Contraceptive and Sexual Health) offers support to all (inc. under 16s) in relation to their contraceptive and sexual health needs
Southern HSC Trust GUM Clinic - Appointments can be booked by calling 028 37562080
For enquiries relating to PrEP you must be assessed in the Southern HSC Trust GUM clinic first
If you've had sex without contraception, or the contraception has failed, emergency contraception reduces the chances of getting pregnant. There are 2 types:
· EHC (morning after pill) - There are two choices of oral EHC available. Ella-One can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex. Levonelle can be taken up to 3 days after unprotected sex. The sooner after sex and the earlier in your cycle it is taken the more effective it is i.e. before ovulation. Emergency contraception is available from the Contraceptive Service, Health Hub, GUM, GP, Out of Hours, and Pharmacy (available to purchase).
· Intrauterine device (copper IUD/coil) – The IUD is over 99% effective. It is the most effective form of EHC. It must be fitted by a healthcare professional within five days of having unprotected sex, or, if it's possible to estimate when you ovulate, up to five days after you ovulate. Emergency IUDs can be accessed from the Contraceptive Service (Mon-Wed & Fri).
Emergency contraception does not protect you from sexually transmitted infections. It is intended for occasional emergency use and should not be considered a substitute for effective regular contraception.
The Health HUB (16-25yr olds) – Southern Trust
The Health Hub is a specialist youth health advice service for young people aged 16-25 which includes a dedicated sexual health nurse led clinic.
The aim of the service is to support the health and wellbeing of young people by improving access locally to:
· informed, positive and factual sexual health information and relationship advice
· STI testing and treatment
· contraception including EHC
· pregnancy testing and onward referral
· Support and signposting to specialist services e.g. Rowan SARC, The Rainbow project, Women’s Aid
Support and advice is also available for:
· Emotional health and wellbeing
· Smoking cessation
· Physical health
· Drugs and alcohol
How to access the service?
· The Health Hub is available at 8 FE College campuses across the Southern Trust. Young people do not have to be attending the FE College to make an appointment – it is open to all young people aged 16-25 years old.
· Drop in clinics have resumed in all Southern Regional College Campus sites. Remote support is available at SWC Dungannon campus.
· You don’t have to physically attend either, you can access staff via email, what's app and face time on 07787432845 or Health.Hub@southerntrust.hscni.net
Provides the Central Access Point into local abortion care in Northern Ireland. This provides access to non-directive information, pregnancy choices counselling and if/when requested referral into a local early medical abortion (EMA) service. If your gestation is under 10 weeks and you do not wish to continue with the pregnancy, or you wish to discuss your pregnancy choices further, please call the Central Access Point on 028 90316100. This helpline is staffed from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Translation services can also be arranged. If the gestation of your pregnancy is beyond 10 weeks, or you cannot be treated locally, abortion services can still be accessed through the UK government funded Central Booking System provided by BPAS on 0333 234 2184.
ICNI also provide post pregnancy counselling for those who have experienced pregnancy loss – either through abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth – have experienced a traumatic birth or suffer from postnatal depression or anxiety.
Central Access Point on 028 90316100
The regional Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for Northern Ireland is based on the Antrim Area Hospital site. The professional and highly trained team deliver a range of support and services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to children, young people, women and men who have been sexually abused, assaulted or raped, whether this happened in the past or more recently. If you have been sexually assaulted you can report this to the Police who will arrange for you to visit The Rowan. You can also make a self-referral (without police involvement) on 0800 3894424